RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The black man shot to death by a police officer was a father of two who was quick to flash a smile or give a hug, yet someone who had a troubled relationship with police and was wanted on charges of selling cocaine.
The preliminary report on Monday's shooting involving a Raleigh police officer was released Thursday afternoon, and while it shed some light on the case, many questions remain unanswered. He said Twiddy has been placed on administrative leave, in accordance with department policy, while the State Bureau of Investigation looks into the matter. The victim was identified as 24-year-old Akiel Denkins by his mother, who said witnesses told her that her son was unarmed. Raleigh mayor Nancy McFarlane was among those in attendance, paying her respects. The officer chased Denkins over a fence and fired multiple shots in a backyard behind a modest home, according to police and witnesses. A former Raleigh officer who patrolled the neighborhood for about six years until 2013 hopes a review of the shooting will lead to tactics emphasizing community trust over statistics.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People held a news conference Tuesday at the site of the shooting. It was at that point that Twiddy drew his gun and fired at Denkins, according to the report.
The report was released shortly after Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman released the results of an autopsy that was performed on Denkins' body.
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He's denied the charges. "Schools are supposed to be safe for kids and anyone working there", the sheriff continued. Two boys were charged Friday with failure to report a crime in connection with the shooting at Madison Jr./Sr.
Truvalia Kearney of Zebulon said she was visiting someone in the neighborhood and was standing near Denkins in front of the store when a police auto pulled up. Denkins sustained gunshot wounds to the chest, injuring his heart and lungs.
"Akiel is not one who's going to shoot". The Rev. Chris Jones of Ship of Zion, a church in the neighborhood, said he knew the dead man and asked aloud why the officer had to kill him. "The officers are trying to come up with solutions to cover his butt", he added, referring to Twiddy.
Denkins still had the gun in his hand when he was shot, but he dropped it as he fell to the ground, the report said.
In the first several hours after the shooting, local television coverage showed police forming a line in the street near the downtown neighborhood where the shooting took place as a number of people gathered behind yellow crime-scene tape that blocked off the area and began chanting "No justice, no peace!" Womack has been sharing memories with family and friends, saying "the consistent message you'll hear is about him trying to be the best father to his children that he could".